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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    What a movie. An incredible feat of storytelling that perfectly shows the economic disparity that has become so prevalent in our current moment. Watching it myself confirms what I feared about folks that adamantly pan this movie: They simply don’t want to confront the fact that the movie rests on a profound truth of life today. The gap between the rich and poor in this world is far too much for anyone to overcome, and the bootstrap mentality only serves to preserve the status quo, ultimately forcing people to ridiculous ends to improve their own lives.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★★★

    Fun, fascinating and fantastic. 

    One of few remakes I’d say is better than the original. Russel Crowe and Christian Bale kill it the whole movie, with Ben Foster coming in with a fun performance of Crowe’s lapdog.

    Good balance of quiet, human moments and well-done action sequences.

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  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

    I can now firmly say that this is my favorite movie. While the animation, score, and story are all complete home runs, it's the dialogue of this movie that is the stand out for me. Brad Bird was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars for this movie, and for good reason. It's sharp, funny, emotional, dynamic, and real. The way that interactions between many sets of characters bounce and bob and weave through deceptively deep topics in some…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    Mamma Mia, here we go again.

    "Mission: Impossible," back at it for the sixth time. Conventional wisdom would say a franchise falls to mediocrity or with six movies (see "Halloween," "Tremors" or "Transformers").

    "M:I" has defied that wisdom in the past. The first film in 1996 was a fun addition to the spy film canon. Two and three were both serviceable. Four and five were great movies without question.

    "Fallout" ascends to the top of the franchise. The suspense-ridden thrills…